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Grey's Anatomy: Poker Face

After being blackballed by most of the surgeons, Meredith uses Lexie to spark Derek's interest in her patient's rare brain tumor case and, in secret, gives guidance to April with Bailey's clinical trial; Callie's wish for Arizona and Mark to form a friendship comes to fruition and she realizes it's more irritating than helpful; Alex and Teddy research alternative surgeries for a very superficial patient; and Callie and Cristina struggle with a very difficult spinal surgery.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x6
Airdate: Thursday October 20th, 2011

Director: Kevin McKidd
Writer: Peter Nowalk

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 07, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Dec 07, 2011


Guest Stars
Rachel AndersenRachel Andersen
As Nurse (Tells Derek That Lexie is Looking for Him)
Alyson StoverAlyson Stover
As Patient (Disturbed by Dr. Richard Webber)
Dash MihokDash Mihok
As Clay (Husband of Mary: "Butterfly" Brain Tumor Patient)
Jake AbelJake Abel
As Tyler Moser (Patient: Cervical Spondylosis)
Joelle CarterJoelle Carter
As Mary (Patient: New Mother with "Butterfly" Brain Tumor)
Lee MajorsLee Majors
As Chuck Cain (Patient: Narrowed Aortic Valve)
Marilu HennerMarilu Henner
As Mrs. Moser (Mother of Tyler Moser: Orthopedic Patient)
Sam McMurraySam McMurray
As Mr. Moser (Father of Tyler Moser: Orthopedic Patient)
Sharon MuthuSharon Muthu
As Fran (Patient: Woman in Labor During Opening Scenes)

Co-Guest Stars
Arlene SantanaArlene Santana
As OB Nurse
Linda Eve MillerLinda Eve Miller
As OR Nurse
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins and Meredith delivers a baby. Meanwhile, Bailey is struggling with the diabetes trial and April thinks they should tell Webber about it. Bailey doesn't want to. Meanwhile, Lexie is having trouble adjusting to Derek's quirks. She's working with him now and asking Meredith for advice on how to deal with him. Meredith isn't giving all her secrets away. Meanwhile, Cristina is in for a surprise when she meets her patient for her weekend ortho stint: a young man who suffers from a degenerative bone disease that was made worse when he was in a car accident two years earlier. It's all left him with a condition in which he can't raise his head. Callie says she and Cristina are going to build him a new neck in a three-day, three-part surgery. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.54 Million Viewers

Trivia: Dr. Derek Shepherd needs exactly 16 towels in the OR when he is operating.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Big ScaryGot It, Lost ItDerek Tells Patient's Husband How Surgery Went
Bon IverBlood BankDerek and Lexie Operate, Callie Rants at Cristina
Megan WashingtonHoly MosesOpening Scenes, Meredith Assists Woman in Labor
Olivia BroadfieldDaydreamsMeredith Working on Diabetes Research, Alex Joins
Tin SparrowFor YouWebber Tells Bailey to Go Home, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): As babies, we were easy. One cry meant you were hungry, another you were tired. It's only as adults that we become difficult. They start to hire feelings, put up walls. It gets to the point where we don't really know what anyone thinks or feels. Without meaning to, we become masters of disguise.

Arizona (kisses Callie's cheek): Wake up, pretty lady.
Callie: Mmm. Morning.
Mark (walks in): It's gonna be a great morning. We made you eggs Bendict.
Callie: Where's Sofia?
Arizona: Napping. Ooh, try the eggs. The bacon is jalapeno infused.
Mark: Tomorrow we're making short ribs infused with cabrinet.
Callie: I just want coffee infused with cream.
Arizona: Yeah, but just try the holindaze.
Callie: I have to get ready, I have a big surgery.
Arizona: Yeah, but just try. (feeds Callie some)

Bailey: Kepner, it is preciously challenges like this that I hand picked you for this trial.
April: You hand picked me because Cristina, Alex and Jackson all said no.
Bailey: And because you go above and beyond. You solve problems like no one else can. Come on, say it with me now 'I solve problems like...
April: ... no one else can.'
Bailey: Now come on, let's get to work.

Callie: I should be grateful that they're getting along, right? I'm not, though. All they do is cook together and talk about food and watch shows where other people talk about food. (Cristina phone goes off, Callie takes it from her)
Cristina: Oh, don't read that.
Callie (reading the text): 'I'll bend you over the conference room table and...' Oh! Okay! Why did you let me read that?
Cristina: My husband can't get enough of me. Jealous?
Callie: Yes, actually. Arizona and I haven't had much alone time, lately. So, instead we eat.
Cristina: Oh, that's depressing.

Cristina: Hey, Karev, trade with me. I mean, you need a good outcome and I'm just doing a stupid neck surgery with Callie.
Alex: There's no such thing as a stupid neck surgery. You're just afraid of tanking your winning so now you want back on the easy train. Not happening.
Teddy (walks up): What easy train?
Cristina: Uh, that's what Dr. Karev calls your service.
Alex: Because your patient's never die. It's a compliment.
Teddy: Oh, it has nothing to do with the fact that you're piling up bad outcomes?
Alex: They were dud patients.
Teddy: Oh, I'm sure.

April: Alex, I need you to cover the E.R tonight.
Alex: No.
April: It's the E.R., people will die if we're not there.
Alex: Which will be your fault, not mine.
April: Alex, please, can't you just be a person for a second?
Alex: See? This is why you don't deserve this job. You're bad at it. You get all stressed out and frantic and nobody wants to listen to you. You have no authority and your voice, it gets (imitating her) all high and nasally like this when you're nervous. It's annoying. (normal voice) You're annoying. So, no, I can't be a person for a second. Deal with your own crap.

Arizona: My surgery got pushed. I can't pick up the short rib.
Mark: The butcher closes at six, right?
Arizona: Oh, we could roast a chicken.
Mark: Yes.
Callie: Could we please shut up about dinner? Please.
Arizona: Oh, sorry.

Meredith (closing voiceover): It's not always easy to speak your mind, sometimes you need to be forced to do it. Sometimes, it's better to just keep things to yourself, play dumb, even when your whole body is aching to come clean. So you shut your mouth, keep your secret, and find other ways to keep yourself happy.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Poker Face

Poker Face is the title of a song originally sung by Lady Gaga.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 3: Bailey has changed the lock on the research lab door so that Dr. Webber cannot get in. Webber handed over the diabetes trial to Bailey in 8x03 "Take The Lead".

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerJeannine Renshaw  |  Stacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper
ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Linda Klein  |  Peter Nowalk  |  Jeff Rafner
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorJoe Mitacek
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorKevin McKidd
WriterPeter Nowalk
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